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The official podcast of Community Matters Cafe, a ministry of Charlotte Rescue Mission.
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Catch up with Angela

Catch up with Angela

2019-08-2400:14:02

In our new podcast episode, catch up with Angela.Angela graduated from our Life Skills Training Program last month and recently came by the cafe to check in with everyone. "The support doesn't go away," she shares. "This cafe is here for me as long as I come and I know this is a safe place."Before she left, we had the pleasure of sitting down with her and capturing her very powerful story... listen in.
Meet Christina

Meet Christina

2019-08-0100:06:36

In our latest podcast, meet Christina. Christina is currently halfway through our Life Skills Training Program and has fully embraced every second of her time with us - especially in the kitchen. “I want to be a pastry chef, so my absolute favorite part of the program was when I was in the pastry department,” she shares with us. “It’s so exciting to see something come from nothing.”Listen to more through the link in our bio. ✨
Meet Kevin, a rising sophomore at Davidson College who has been interning with us this summer. “Hope is the belief and the faith that there is a better future,” Kevin explains. “And this summer, I got to see, hear, and contribute first hand in the restoration of hope.” In our latest podcast, listen to Kevin share what he’s taken away from his internship with us, which is something far greater than just a new skill. 
Meet Steve

Meet Steve

2019-06-2800:04:28

Steve is a student (and soon to be graduate!) in our Life Skills Training Program who has really demonstrated a strong willingness to learn and better his life these past few months. "I'm looking for permanency," he shares in our latest podcast episode. "I want to see my name on a lease. I want a job that's not disposable. I want to acclimate back into the community, and this [program] has been such a good experience."
Open for Business

Open for Business

2019-06-0500:08:50

 “That’s taking somebody who thought they would die in addiction or die alone in prison to a place where they’re thriving and not just surviving," shares Ed Price, Director of Life Skills Operations. In this podcast episode, listen to Ed share stories of several students, some currently enrolled and some graduated, whose lives have already been positively transformed and impacted by the Community Matters Cafe Life Skills Training Program. 
Meet Paula

Meet Paula

2019-05-1600:05:28

Listen to Paula Elkins, our Cafe Manager, as she reflects on all of the successes and challenges our students are facing behind the Community Matters Cafe coffee shop counter.
Meet Lawrence

Meet Lawrence

2019-04-1100:04:34

"The day before my three job interviews, I found out I was accepted into the program. I gave up trying to make the decision and just said, 'God, what do you want me to do?' and He said, 'Spend more time with Me.'"Listen to Lawrence, Community Matters Cafe student, as he shares how being in a work environment that supports substance abuse recovery is helping him in so many ways.
Meet Cindy

Meet Cindy

2019-03-2200:05:31

Cindy is a Dove's Nest graduate and Community Matters Cafe student, working so hard to help get this venture started and learning so many skills and lessons along the way. 
Good Soles Donation

Good Soles Donation

2019-01-3000:08:09

Jeremy Coffey, founder of the non-profit organization Good Soles, personally handed out slip-resistant shoes to all of the students enrolled in the Community Matters Cafe Life Skills Training Program. Good Soles, along with help from Zachry Group construction, is truly helping to eliminate the struggle that many have when it comes to acquiring appropriate shoes for work, whether it's working in a construction site or in a cafe!
In this episode of Community Over Coffee, we sat down with Community Matters Cafe executive staff including Rita Clyburn, Clinical Director of Student Services and Tony Marciano, CEO and President of Charlotte Rescue Mission.In this discussion, you'll learn some details of our Life Skills Training Program and overall how it's going to far. You'll also learn some interesting facts on how addiction affects the brain and how it impacts the lives of those we serve.  
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